Howdy, Rock. Week 10 of fantasy football is upon us, leaving us with some tight divisional races as well as some tight fantasy playoff races. Below are my picks to help out your team.
Trevor Siemian (Denver) — Surprisingly owned in only 16 percent of leagues, Siemian and the Broncos offense will be going up against the beleaguered New Orleans Saints this weekend. Though he hasn’t been entirely impressive this year, Siemian is bound to have good numbers this week with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas to throw to. If your QB is on a bye, don’t be afraid to start up Siemian.
Peyton Barber (Tampa Bay) — It’s a matter of next man up for Tampa Bay, as Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith, and Doug Martin are all injured. Make sure to pay attention to the injury report this week, and if all the Bucs backs are still injured, look for Barber to put up big numbers against the Chicago defense.
Chris Ivory (Jacksonville) — Okay, first off, did anybody see that punishment Ivory gave Ron Parker on Sunday? Good lord. Anyways, Ivory’s punishment of Ron Parker was a microcosm of the Chiefs Jags game Sunday, as he shredded the Chiefs D for 107 yards on eighteen carries. It appears Ivory has earned the starting role in Jacksonville, and should continue to put up big numbers against the Texans this week at home.
Rishard Matthews (Tennessee) — Have a day, Rishard! Matthews hauled in two TDs en route to an 18.3 point day against San Diego last week. Matthews has, under the radar, been a steady contributor all season. He averages 8 points a game, yet is only owned in 11% of leagues? That just doesn’t make sense. Add Matthews this week and keep him for the rest of the season.
Brandon LaFell (Cincinatti) — Have the Bengals been disappointing this year? Yeah. Has Brandon LaFell been a nice surprise? Yeah. Similarly to Rishard Matthews, LaFell has quietly put up solid numbers all year. Boasting a 7.7 point average per game, LaFell is a solid inclusion in any lineup. He is only owned in 15% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues, so snatch him up while you can. The porous Giants defense will allow LaFell a great matchup this week.
Richard Rogers (Green Bay) — Let’s not beat around the bush, the Packers have been pretty bad this year. However, their offense seems to be coming out of a funk at just the right time. Rogers is coming off a 64 yard game against Indianapolis and is looking to have a huge day against the beleaguered Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Owned in only 5% of leagues, he is my TE to add of the week.
C.J. Fiedorowicz (Houston) — Hahahahahahahahaha add him. This is your last chance.
Defense of the Week
Los Angeles Rams — Browsing through the list of Defenses on ESPN, I was shocked to discover that LA has only a 29% ownership rating. They were one of the top defenses last year, and have performed solidly this year. With a juicy matchup against the Fitzpatrick-led Jets on the docket for this week, the Rams are your Streamer Special.
Nick Novak (Houston) — There’s a saying around the NFL, and it goes a little something like this. “Start every player you own against the Jacksonville Jaguars.” Novak is only owned in 11% of leagues, and has averaged 8 points per game this year. After Cairo Santos scored 15 on the Jags last week, look for Novak to be your best streaming option this week.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, I hope that this article finds you and yours in a fresh state of mind. Once the election is over, we can all go back to arguing over the things that really matter — fantasy football. Good luck to everyone this week, especially to the football and soccer Hawklets.